13 days in Continental USA Itinerary

13 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Austin
— 1 day
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Page
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Boise
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Boise
— 1 night
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Fly
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Denver
— 1 night
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Austin

— 1 day

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 31st (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, then trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and then take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library.

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Philadelphia to Austin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, Austin is somewhat warmer than Philadelphia - with highs of 98°F and lows of 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of San Miguel Chapel, see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, then gain insight with New Mexico History Museum, then explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Dinosaurs and More.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Fe visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Austin to Santa Fe takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Santa Fe is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Austin in August: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 84°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Wineries

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Slide Rock State Park, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, trek along Broken Arrow Trail, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally trek along Airport Mesa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Boynton Canyon Trail, hike along Doe Mountain Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Red Rock State Park, then admire the masterpieces at Arizona Copper Art Museum, and finally stop by Historic Old Town Cottonwood.

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Drive from Santa Fe to Sedona in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in September since evenings lows in Sedona dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Page.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Page

— 1 night

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Rainbow Bridge National Monument, see human ingenuity at work at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, then explore the activities along Lake Powell, then admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam, and finally enjoy some diversion at Gunfighter Canyon.

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You can drive from Sedona to Page in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September in Page, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Windows, explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, then stroll through Landscape Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tunnel Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Wilson's Arch.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab planning app.

Drive from Page to Moab in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Moab when traveling from Page in September, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Boise

— 1 night

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Yanke Motor Museum, then identify plant and animal life at World Center For Birds of Prey, then contemplate the long history of Old Idaho Penitentiary, and finally hike along Boise River Greenbelt.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Boise journey planning website.

Do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Boise in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Moab in September, plan for slightly colder days in Boise, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Fountain Paint Pot, explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin, then identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, then contemplate the waterfront views at Dragon's Mouth Springs, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park journey builder tool.

You can fly from Boise to Yellowstone National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. When traveling from Boise in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Jackson Hole

— 1 night
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): capture your vacation like a pro with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art, let the river carry you with Dave Hansen Whitewater and Scenic River Trips, then make a trip to Town Square, and finally make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson.

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Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, you will find days in Jackson Hole are a bit warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver itinerary site.

Getting from Jackson Hole to Denver by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jackson Hole in September, expect Denver to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Idaho travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.